Posted: December 10, 2013

A 1985 graduate with a bachelor's degree in Entomology, Donaghy is CEO and owner of Residex LLC, a major distributor for pest, lawn and turf-management products.

After graduation, Donaghy started as a service technician with Western Pest Services in Parsippany, N.J. In 1996, he moved to Western subsidiary Residex Corporation, where he rose through the ranks to become general manager.

When Western Pest Services was sold in 2004, Donaghy led a group that acquired Residex LLC from the new owners, and he became CEO and president of the company. Under his leadership, the company has grown from 12 distribution centers to 25 and now operates in eighteen states.

In 2010, Residex merged with Turfgrass Inc., expanding the company's offerings to serve the professional turfgrass market.

Since 1996, Donaghy has been a member of several industry associations, serving in various officer and committee positions. In 2011, he received the pest-control industry's Crown Leadership Award.

He has been extensively involved with several charities including Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Hospital and the Achilles Freedom Team, which provides hand-crank bicycles for disabled American veterans, enabling them to compete in major sporting events.

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